America, Listen to Moses!

Posted on July 28, 2022


By David Ettinger

Final Instructions
The people of Israel, nearing the end of their 40-year wilderness sojourn, were on the cusp of entering the land promised to them 430 years earlier.

Their leader, Moses, was giving them their final instructions before they entered. In so doing, he was reviewing their history over the past four decades, one filled with rebellion and disobedience against God. Sadly, Moses knew such behavior was not limited to the desert, but would characterize ancient Israel in the centuries to come.

After reviewing a litany of Israel’s failings, Moses – speaking for God – makes an appeal to his people, an appeal which speaks profoundly to all nations today, particularly the one in which I live, the United States.

The Warning Sounded
In warning Israel, Moses says:

They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them. If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be! (Deuteronomy 32:28-29)

How fittingly this describes America … and England, and Australia, and France, and Sweden, and Japan, and … well, name the country and it applies.

When Moses calls Israel a “nation without sense” and depicts it as having “no discernment,” he is speaking of the spiritual realm. In other words, Moses accuses Israel of have no spiritual sense or discernment.

But before condemning Israel, consider that these two deficiencies epitomize every nation on Earth. Humanity left on its own cannot discern the things of God. In condemning the world’s foolishness, the apostle Paul tells the church at Corinth:

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile (1 Corinthians 3:18-20).

All human wisdom apart from the acknowledgement of God is futile, senseless, and lacks discernment. Jesus noted this as well when He said: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Selling Its Soul
America is rapidly selling its soul as it tramples the name of God and His holy commands. America is selling its soul by turning frantically away from biblical mandate and falling over itself to affirm lifestyles, attitudes, and beliefs God calls sin. America is selling its soul by condemning that which the Bible advocates in terms of morality and truth. America is selling its soul in glorifying wickedness and perversion, and there is no sign it is slowing down.

Listen to Moses!
It is time for America to acknowledge that our nation is without spiritual sense and discernment. We have not the wisdom to see what our end will be.

Now is the time for America’s leaders, policymakers, and entertainment moguls to repent of their iniquity, turn to the Lord Jesus, and seek the atonement for sin only He can give.   

America has lost almost all of its sense and discernment and has no idea of what its end will be – destruction at the coming of Christ in the Day of the Lord. Moses spoke loudly to Israel centuries ago, and he speaks loudly to America today.

It’s time for us to start listening!

David Ettinger is a writer/editor at Zion’s Hope, Inc., and has written for Zion’s Fire magazine since its inception in 1990.